Google continues the blistering pace of updates to Google Maps with the announcement of voice search for Maps on the desktop. Users can search now Google maps and get directions with just their voices — no typing required.
For now, Google has added voice search for Google Maps to Chrome. The process is as straightforward as ever: click the microphone icon that now appears in the Google Maps search box, begin speaking and see results accordingly.
After a bit of testing, accuracy doesn’t appear to be an issue save for a few really dicey names. “Uttar Pradesh” took a few tries. “Using voice search can make it easier to find hard-to-spell places (like Poughkeepsie or Liechtenstein).
When I asked Google Maps to find my old street address in Agra, it got it right, displaying a Street View thumbnail and a map of my previous residence. The new features of Google Maps are powerful.
Desktop Google search already has voice search (again, only for Chrome users), and mobile users on Android and iPhone can control Google with voice commands as well. Here’s a brief video from Google describing the features of voice search on the desktop: